This post is in partnership with BEHR. All opinions are my own.
It’s hard to believe we’ve lived in our house for 13 years! We moved into our home and quickly jumped into updating and refreshing our home because lets be honest, floral and tassel wallpaper wasn’t our thing. If you remember that far back, all the colors were dark, rich tones of greens and browns and golds. Naturally, we jumped on the bandwagon. Like trends, our taste changed and we slowly went full-on modern farmhouse with the lighter grey and blue tones. We dove into a full renovation of our kitchen about three years ago, and since then the only area of our house still left with those decade-old colors was our entryway and hallway.
BEHR ULTRA™ SCUFF DEFENSE™
So the time had come, time to get rid of the dreaded golden tones. We were excited to learn about BEHR ULTRA SCUFF DEFENSE paint because it was exactly what we were looking for. With this being a high traffic area, we wanted a paint that was durable, long-lasting, and had a flat finish. The biggest seller of this paint was that the paint went on like a gloss, but had the flat finish that we were looking for. I love the look of it. Designed as an interior extra-durable flat paint and primer in one, we knew this paint would be perfect for hauling things up and down the basement stairs and just the normal wear and tear of the space. Nothing a Magic Eraser or a little touch up couldn’t handle.
I always struggle with making a color choice. Knowing we wanted to stay in the grey/blue family, we opted for Drizzle (PPU26-14). We went ahead and put test colors all around the entryway and hallway just to make sure it was what we were wanting the colors to look like. Pro-tip, you can stop by your local Home Depot and pick up a sample can for under $5 to make sure it’s the color you’d like. I always suggest color swatching in a few areas. Depending on the darkness and shadows of your space, it will look completely different. Our hallway is a little dark, so we wanted to make sure that color would brighten up the space.
Let’s look at the before. As you can see we have those golden-toned walls that make the space looks so dark! You can see where we did test spots to make sure this was the color we wanted to see.
If you’ve known me for any period of time, you’ll know I’m not allowed to paint. We may have had a painting incident in our old house where I may have gotten chocolate brown paint on the ceiling from jumping on my bed with a roller. Eh, it happens. Jeff is so good at painting though, he has all these tips and tricks for painting, so I just leave him to it. Usually, he will cut in all the edges and roll out the walls. When he was done with the first coat, he went back to check coverage to find out that it only needed one coat. This definitely made my honey-do list a little more manageable because he got his weekend back!
We also had an extra helper. This paint went on so well, that she could definitely help out!
I love how bright and big the space looks after a fresh coat of paint. Before the hallway seemed so dark, now it’s bright and feels so much bigger. We swapped out the light fixture to have a similar style as our entryway light. We also moved our wedding photos from another and the hallway expanded the existing gallery wall. I think it looks fresh and updated. I think the frames really pop on the wall now especially with the darker accents on the light fixtures.
If you noticed, we also swapped out our clock. My husband and my dad are huge clock fanatics and this was one that my dad left to us and hasn’t been hung in a while. A nice family heirloom.
Overall, we are thrilled with the results of the space. I wish we had done it sooner! It makes our home give the illusion of feeling bigger, and warmer and more inviting. Thank you to BEHR for helping us fall in love with our entryway all over again!
Do you have any home projects on your list coming up?